Phase 4, 2009–11

In phase 4 galleries and local authorities formed partnerships in order to carry out innovative projects with children and young people that demonstrated the learning benefits of engaging with contemporary art, developed capacity amongst the partners for additional work, and created a sustainable model for the future delivery of Find Your Talent. 

A key aim was to support regional galleries and local authorities in developing partnerships, and in demonstrating to officers and members the potential of galleries to meet Local Area Agreement (LAA) objectives and the learning needs of children and young people. Local authority Children’s Services were active and committed partners in the projects, in the context of their Children’s Plans, and the programme charted the contribution to be made by cultural organisations in meeting their National Indicator targets. 

Each of the eleven projects across England focused on a particular issue and worked with different service providers, agencies and groups of young people including schools, Pupil Referral Units, children’s homes and young carers. Some galleries worked together to develop regional networks to share practice, create sustainable partnerships and jointly advocate their work.

These are ordered by cluster:

Brighton and Hove projects

Viewfinder — Brighton Photo Biennial
The Brighton Photo Biennial worked on a youth led action research project. The cluster aimed to develop visual literacy amongst local young people and form a Brighton/Hove visual arts consortium.

Cornwall projects — Tate St Ives
Led by Tate St Ives, this project asked what role peer leaders have in young people’s learning and whether there is an impact on the ownership of this learning. The project aimed to examine the concept of peer-leaders in supporting a range of learning contexts beyond the gallery and to give young people a significant role in shaping arts education provision.

Derby projects
The cluster’s project led to the creation of a body of work for exhibition by students from the key stage 2- 4 pupil referral provision and will inform the development of a practical model of cross curricular working that met the city’s priorities. Results were disseminated via a regional seminar event and QUAD website. The project brought key stages 2-4 together in a creative project and for young people to demonstrate their talents and skills to the general public and key people in their lives.

Devon projects

The cluster, with the Through Devon County Council’s Art Advisor, aimed to build relationships with Devon’s 6 Advanced Skilled Teachers, responsible for delivering training opportunities to teachers. Venues in the cluster are also working towards gaining their Learning Outside the Classroom badges.

Essex projects

Essex Children’s Services and firstsite collaborated to develop a new cultural programme within children’s homes, in order to shape its cultural offer for looked after children and to provide models for the Find Your Talent programme.

Gateshead projects

The cluster investigated and trialled pedagogies for creative learning, particularly using ‘Philosophy for Children’ as a pedagogy in which contemporary art was a stimulus for a process of learning through enquiry, allowing children and young people to direct their own learning, crossing subject areas and connecting personal knowledge to the wider world.

Isle of Wight projects

Building on phase 3 and the cluster’s pilot project with Medina High School students (combining gallery workshops and portfolio mentoring), this model was extended to provide an after-school club for young people.

Kent projects

The Kent cluster built on its past participation in the enquire programme by advocating the value of gallery education. It aimed to engage young people who may be excluded from mainstream education or who have negative experiences of conventional education.

Nottingham projects

Nottingham City Project
The cluster aimed to maximise the use of its contemporary art collection for the benefit of young people, create opportunities for secondary school students and increase visits by schools.

A new enquire cluster, Nottinghamshire aimed to develop a new collaboration between three galleries in rural north of the county and the County Council. The cluster addressed some of the challenges galleries face in engaging local communities.

Richmond projects

New to enquire, the cluster aimed to build on work at Orleans House with vulnerable and looked after young people. With its partners, Orleans House explored ways in which the Gallery could support the new model for localised service delivery through Children’s Centres in two deprived wards of Richmond. The cluster aimed to create and embed a place for culture and respond directly to the Borough’s 2009-13 Children’s Plan.